The gaming industry is a small, yet vast industry and for development veterans like Clint Hocking, hunting for their next project sees a variety of ingredients go into making that decision. Hocking is best known for his work on the Splinter Cell series as well as Far Cry 2 and he is currently working on a new game at Ubisoft Toronto, but what made him decide to stick around at Ubisoft Toronto?
Around half a decade passed between 2010, when Clint left Ubisoft, and this year, when he joined back up at Ubisoft Toronto. Hocking had a number of offers on the table and some of them were quite compelling. Ubisoft Toronto’s Clint Hocking explained some of the things that came up along the path to deciding to stick with Ubisoft and remain in Toronto.
“I had other options, and I was very close to closing on a couple of the other options. Some of them were very ambitious and very exciting options as well, but what it came down to was taking option X–a long timeline, a huge amount of creative freedom, an important position, lots of money, a great city, and all that stuff–and comparing that to a very similar offer here.
“What it often came down to was that I know for a fact if I go to Ubisoft I will ship the game I’m working on. And I said to a couple of the people I ultimately had to decline, ‘At the end of the day, unless an extinction event meteor lands in f**king Paris or Montreal, the game I’m being offered here will ship. And no one else can make that promise to me. And that was the deal-closer,” Hocking told GI.
Ubisoft revealed Hocking had joined the team in Toronto and was working on a new project back in August of this year, but there hasn’t been any indication as to what the project is at this time. When the announcement of Hocking joining Ubisoft was made, he spoke a small bit in regards to the project he’s currently developing.
“I’m working with a great team on some things that I think are interesting, challenging and innovative. They are going in the direction that I think games need to go in, for both players and for Ubisoft in the future,” Hocking said at the time.
The publisher likes to surprise gamers with new game announcements at E3, so perhaps we’ll all find out what Hocking’s new project is at E3 2016. Upcoming games for Ubisoft include Rainbow Six Siege (Dec. 1 release), Far Cry Primal (Feb. 23 release), Tom Clancy’s The Division (March 8 release), For Honor (release TBD) South Park: The Fractured but Whole (release TBD) and Ghost Recon Wildlands (release TBD).